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Qatar building fleet of remote control ‘clouds’ for World Cup 2022

When Qatar, an insanely wealthy Arab emirate roughly the size of Connecticut, won the bid to host the 2022 World Cup, one of the stipulations was that its newly constructed open-air soccer stadiums would be air conditioned. Of course, this is Qatar we’re talkin’ about here, so the solution would have to be as extravagant…

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LanSchool iPad application shoots out, sends back test questions

LanSchool’s iPad app has been out for a tick, but the latest update adds an extra that should please both teachers and pupils alike. It’s a testing feature that enables professors to send tests of up to 100 questions to students who are running the LanSchool iPad Student application; from there, the test results can…

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iMobot creeps, crawls, cranes its way into our hearts (video)

It may not look like much, but this little modular robot’s got the stuff to give Keepon a run for its money — oh yeah, and according to its creators, iMobot’s got big implications for the field of robotics too. Sporting four degrees of freedom, two rotating joints, and a pair of faceplates that act…

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Samsung’s 11.6-inch 9 Series laptop official at $1,199, still comes with 64GB SSD

An Italian demonstrator gave us hope, but now we’re empty inside — the exceptionally thin 11.6-inch version of Samsung’s 9 Series laptop will indeed come with a puny 64GB solid state drive. Well, perhaps empty is a bit of an exaggeration, as the machine’s gorgeous duralumin curves fill our hearts with joy, as does the…

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Scientists improve blue OLED efficiency, don’t promise everlasting light

Although this is not the first time we’ve seen an efficiency increase in blue OLEDs, it’s worth noting that their proposed cap of productivity up to this point was a lowly five percent. It’s exciting to learn, therefore, about a breakthrough by professor John Kieffer and graduate student Changgua Zhen from the University of Michigan,…

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FCC proposing data roaming rules, not interested in commonizing carriers

FCC chairman Julius Genachowski briefly mentioned data roaming at CTIA last week, but now he’s telling Congress that action is inbound, to ensure rural carriers don’t get left behind the rest of the cellular industry. You see, in 2007 the Commission mandated cheap roaming agreements for voice and messaging services to let regional carriers compete,…

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Canon Rebel T3 DSLR reviewed: a safe bet for first-time shooters

Are you a true contrarian looking for a camera that befits your nonconformist lifestyle? Well, Canon’s latest entry-level DSLR may not be the most unruly camera out, but at least it sports a moniker that fits the bill. The Canon T3 Rebel, also known as the EOS 1100D, is a 12.2-megapixel affair designed with the…

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Harry Winston’s Opus Eleven watch: mechanical masterpiece / bank breaker (video)

It’s been a while since we gave Harry Winston’s Opus watch any play, but some timepieces are just too lavish to pass up. Case in point: the Opus Eleven, designed by temporal taste-maker Denis Giguet of MCT. Aesthetically speaking, it’s probably a touch too steampunk for some, but the way it tells time is straight…

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